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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
My mom's friend is undergoing 18-24hr surgery tomorrow on her back.
She was born with scoliosis and this will be her 4th (hopefully last) surgery.
A few years ago her titanium rods cracked. She didn't heal properly from the last operation. Now she has developed flat back. Her orthopedic surgeon (not who did her operations) suggested a surgeon in St. Louis at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She flew out this past summer for a consult and was approved for the surgery. She will be out there for at least 2-3 weeks before she can fly again.

I really need some vibes for her. Mom was going to fly out to be with her but she is scheduled for her back surgery the 30th. Her cousin went with her instead cause someone had to fly down with her, stay for the surgery and then fly back home together. She is like a sister to Mom and a 2nd Mom to me.

Thanks.
post #2 of 29
Sending many for your mom's friend on a sucessful surgery and recovery!
post #3 of 29
i know how your mom's friend feels (sort of). i was born with a condition called SMA type ll, which stands for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. this means i can't walk & use a wheelchair full time. however, i also have Scoliosis, which i had the surgery for when i was 14.

many vibe's being sent her way
post #4 of 29
aww, i hope she has no issues and is feeling better after.
post #5 of 29
Sending lots of and prayers for her and your mom too. for you too...I hope everything goes so well...
post #6 of 29
Many heading that direction!!
post #7 of 29
Being one who also suffers from a chronic back condition, I can sure relate to how she's feeling. I hope everything goes well for her.

~KK~
post #8 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the vibes/prayers everyone. It's been 10 hours since the surgery began. We haven't received any updates yet.

The surgeon is pumping her body with air to slide his hands in front of her spine to make 3 wedges. Then he has to disconnect the old fusions and replace 1 long rod and 1 short rod. He will have to maneuver her hips around and possibly take some cells. They don't know how much scar tissue there is and how long it will take to disconnect the fusion which is why it may take up to 24hours and possibly longer. He hopes to do it straight through. He really doesn't want to operate again in 2 days but it depends on his fatigue level.
post #9 of 29
Sending vibes to you friend.
post #10 of 29
Lots of vibes for your friend!
post #11 of 29
vibes are coming your way!
post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 


Please keep the vibes coming. I just received word that they stopped the surgery. Her body stopped producing urine. He can not operate again until NEXT monday.
post #13 of 29
Oh no! I'm so sorry that it's not going very well. I sure hope things improve quickly!

~KK~
post #14 of 29
I'm sorry they weren't able to do it al at once. It is a very difficult surgery, but this hospital has an excellent reputation.

My nephew had hip dysplasia surgery there on the 17th. Because he is so old, 20 years old, it was a big deal and only 5 places in the US could do it. He is doing great.

My daughter is facing her first scoliosis surgery as soon as we can fit it in her grad school schedule.

Positive thoughts and prayers for her.
post #15 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mom of 4 View Post
I'm sorry they weren't able to do it al at once. It is a very difficult surgery, but this hospital has an excellent reputation.

My nephew had hip dysplasia surgery there on the 17th. Because he is so old, 20 years old, it was a big deal and only 5 places in the US could do it. He is doing great.

My daughter is facing her first scoliosis surgery as soon as we can fit it in her grad school schedule.

Positive thoughts and prayers for her.
That's great about your nephew. Is he still there recovery?
I hope you can fit your daughter in for surgery. Hopefully it's her first and last one need.
for your family too.


We just received an update. She had 4 rods not 2 like Mom thought. The doctor replaced the lower two that cracked. The upper two are in great shape and muscle is building around the rods. He put in at least 6 new rods today. He just needed to create 3 wedges and he would have finished in record time of 9 hours. With 3.5 hours left her kidneys slowed down and he thought it was too risky to continue. As soon as she got to recovery they started producing urine just fine.

They are trying to rearrange the surgery schedule to get her in on Wednesday. He much prefers a two day wait over a week wait.
They can get her in on Wednesday.
post #16 of 29
Michele, I am sending many vibes for her to get through this with no more complications. So sorry I didn't see this thread until now

post #17 of 29
Well that's an improvement, anyway! I hope things continue to go well for her!

My son has scoliosis in his spine, too, but he refuses to have the surgery. I guess when he saw me after I had my back surgery he got scared and said he would never go through that..

~KK~
post #18 of 29
Sending many your way Michele. Just stay positive.
post #19 of 29
Many prayers coming that way still.
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Michele, I am sending many vibes for her to get through this with no more complications. So sorry I didn't see this thread until now

post #21 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks ladies!
Hopefully tomorrow we will hear some good news
post #22 of 29
Sending many many her way for a fast safe healthy recovery!
post #23 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thank You everyone!

She had the 2nd half of her surgery this afternoon and is in ICU. Everything looks great. She should be there for two more days so then we will know more.
post #24 of 29
YAY!! I hope her recovery period goes well, and there aren't any more complications.

More vibes, just in case!

~KK~
post #25 of 29
Alright! I'm so glad she's through the surgery ...now major for a speedy recovery!
post #26 of 29
I just saw this thread now. I am so glad to read she is in recovery now. Reading the beginning of this thread literally made me nauseous.

Sending lots of vibes for a speedy, uneventful recovery.
post #27 of 29
I just saw this thread. I hope your friend recovers quickly. Barnes-Jewish is a great hospital, so they should take good care of her there.

Tricia
post #28 of 29
Glad that she is doing so well.Contiued coming that way.
post #29 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thank You! Mom's friend came home Saturday. She is highly medicated but doing well. Though she should only sit for 20mins at a time she is stretching it to well over that. She is getting lectures from everyone but she is so doped up she barely knows her name.
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